Co-op Financial Services managers begin leadership course

Managers from the Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) group have just completed the first round of a postgraduate diploma in strategic leadership in collaboration with Lancaster University Management School.

The new programme is aimed at developing senior leaders for the firm and is based on key competencies which have been identified as management success indicators at CFS.

The two-year diploma has a credit accumulation transfer value of 120 points and can be used towards attaining a Masters degree (180 points in total).

After 15 months of academic study, participants will take part in ‘career building blocks’, where they are placed in a variety of general management roles across the organisation.

Participants were given feedback throughout the assessments and 19 employees were chosen for development.

Ken Lewis, resources director, said the initiative was a significant achievement for CFS.

“This further builds on our commitment to the development of people at all levels of the organisation and will be fantastic recognition for the leaders joining the programme now and in the future,” he said.

Co-op refused to reveal the exact cost of the scheme but said it was a “significant investment”.


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